Victoria

Australian Crop Report: February edition

Harvesting of winter crops in Victoria is largely complete with the exception of some rain affected areas in the south west of the state. Winter crop production is estimated to be the highest on record, increasing by 27% in 2020–21 to 9.5 million tonnes. This new estimate is 2.7% higher than the forecast presented in the December 2020 edition of Australian crop report, due to higher than expected yields across the state as harvest progressed. Planted area is estimated to have risen by 9% to 3.5 million hectares because of favourable planting conditions in autumn.

Wheat production is estimated to have increased by 32% in 2020–21 to 4.8 million tonnes, the highest on record. Area planted to wheat is estimated to have increased by 10% to 1.6 million hectares, 5% above the 10-year average to 2019–20. The average yield is also estimated to have increased to around 3 tonnes per hectare, the second highest on record.

Barley production is estimated to have increased 11% to 2.8 million tonnes, the second highest on record. Area planted is estimated to have increased by 6% to 870,000 hectares. The average yield is expected to have increased by 5% to 3.2 tonnes per hectare, the second highest on record.

Canola production is estimated to have reached a record high of 950,000 tonnes, a 46% increase from 2019–20. Area planted to canola is estimated to have increased by 17% to 450,000 hectares. The average yield for canola is estimated to have reached a record high of 2.11 tonnes a hectare, a 25% increase from 2019–20 and 43% above the 10-year average to 2019–20.

Table 8 Winter crop estimates, Victoria, 2020–21
Crop Area
’000 ha
Yield
t/ha
Production
kt
Area change
%
Prod. change
%
Wheat 1,600 2.98 4,768 10 32
Barley 870 3.20 2,784 6 11
Canola 450 2.11 950 17 46

Note: Yields are based on area planted. Area based on planted crop that is harvested, fed off or failed. Percent change are relative to last year.
Sources: ABARES

Statistical tables

Last reviewed: 16 February 2021
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